I guess I hadn't realized just how powerful the Clintons are, or better yet how powerful I must think they are, until I read Maureen Dowd's column this morning and reread it twice in search of a phrase claiming it was fiction. I never found one; this bombshell is true.

In her cozy chat with David Geffen at his home in Beverly Hills, Dowd scored a major exclusive and a first for the 2008 presidential campaign that is sure to be remembered for many years to come — a high-profile Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan Trump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE bashing. Geffen, before falling out with the Clintons in 2001 over Bill's pardons, had slept in the Lincoln bedroom twice at the invitation of Hillary and Bill. But now he dares to say — on the record ! — that Hillary is the easiest to defeat, that Bill's dirty laundry will be used by the GOP the minute she becomes the nominee, and that no one as incredibly polarizing as Hillary, "no matter how smart she is and no matter how ambitious she is — and God knows, is there anybody more ambitious than Hillary Clinton? — can bring the country together."

Geffen was unplugging on the eve of the $1.3 million fundraiser he helped throw for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), which according to Dowd's column made Hillary "livid," said a friend of hers. He called Obama "inspirational," said he is tired of watching James Carville on television and then called Bill Clinton "reckless." But it was these words that promise to bring the full weight of the Clinton machine back to haunt Geffen: "Everybody lies in politics, but they do it with such ease, it's troubling."

Ouch.